This time next week the St. Jude Half Marathon will be over! All that stands between me and the race are the seven days of taper. For all you new or non-runners out there, let’s familiarize ourselves with the word “taper”.
Taper – Diminish or reduce. So in relation to a running program, it means to significantly reduce or diminish training time (both in terms of mileage as well as other types of workouts). I recommend a half-marathon taper of ten to fourteen days before the race.
For many of you this may seem to be the icing on the cake of a tough training season. A couple weeks of rest before the big event you’ve worked so hard for can be a welcome break in the burden of getting your runs in. So enjoy it! The goal is to feel like a well-rested “caged” animal on race morning.
For others of you (all of my pack, I’m sure!), the caged animal feeling can start to build too early. You’re restless. Jittery. Too much free time. Trust me, I’m suffering with you too. You’re worried all your training is flying right out the window. You’re scared you won’t be ready by Saturday. You think one more run just might help ease those fears. Well we’re wrong. Rest is just what we need. Embrace it!
RACE WEEK PLAN
- 3 runs – 4 miles Monday, 4 miles Wednesday, race Saturday!
- No strength training – especially legs!
- Drink lots of water.
- Eat healthy.
- Rest (no ultra shopathons or pedestrian tours of the city)
So what do to with all that free time? How about start on some Christmas movies?! I’m circled up with my extended family watching Elf. I didn’t run, hike or strength train today (aside from taking little brother through another TRX routine!) Here are some other holiday movies I’m hoping to catch this season.
- The Holiday
- Four Christmases
- Love Actually
- It’s a Wonderful Life